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Hi Heather. To understand your situation better, here are some questions:
– Are these people in your team or in a different team to you?
– How is your relationship with your manager/superior?
– Who else feels the same in the office?
The reason I ask is that perhaps looking at the wider picture will give you some perspective. Of course, if others are experiencing the same thing, then it is not OK to just allow it to happen. But it will help you see if this is something that is aimed at you, or a cultural thing in your office.
What conversations have you had on this topic with a person of influence (by which I mean your manager or HR)? Feeling like this in the office is not something anyone should experience – and it sounds to me like you are ready to take some action.
Craigslist is definitely not for the faint hearted, Dominique, and one that I think is also overlooked….but well worth a look!
Joshua – that is really cool! I think people can apply that still. Despite ‘list posts’ being all over the web, something like this can work really well for a covering letter.
Hi Jacqueline. Great topic and one that is rather close to my heart!
I’m not one for crying in the office, but in my last job, I did just that with a man that was simply a bully. I spent a long time blaming him for it, and I gave him all the power over me.
When I finally stopped and considered things from his perspective, I saw him for what he really was – insecure, misunderstood and lashing out as a result.
This helped me deal with the emotional side of it. I then, of course, discussed his behaviour with my manager and eventually HR. It resulted in a *slight* change in his behaviour (i wish I could say it was a miraculous transformation, but it sadly wasn’t the case) which made my life easier whilst I was with the business.
Really great tips guys! I’ve found if I use my strengths in the ‘real’ world in the same way as I do in the online world, then I see success. My strengths are having a structured approach, building relationships and being the cheerleader!
So I apply this online by having a daily routine for writing for/promoting the blog, I make an effort to connect to other bloggers and promote their work.
And I love it!